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When President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) into law on March 11, 2021, approximately $1.9 trillion was intended to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, including the public health and economic impacts.

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On behalf of more than 180,000 members across the Gem state, and given the challenges of the past two years, I would like to applaud Governor Little’s fiscal success during what has been a challenging time. We are proud Idaho is leading by example and hopeful of the future priorities outline…

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The plummet in temperatures over the weekend took its toll on Emmett's New Year's celebration. The annual Cherry Rise didn't get off the ground as single digit temperatures apparently impacted the electronics rendering it digitally frigid. 

Since 1998 during the week of Christmas, the Messenger Index has printed “A Soldier’s Poem.” The poem was written by U.S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal James Schmidt in 1986.

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While COVID pandemic restrictions ground most of the Treasure Valley Christmas events to a halt in 2020, many have returned this year. Gem County traditions were less disrupted last year and with a few exceptions, have returned to normal this year.

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The current pool of willing and able potential employees for area employers to dip into appears to be getting shallower each day. After months of appealing for new employees, often significantly increasing starting wages, employers are now having to consider that the measures they have taken…

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The Idaho Transportation Department’s Office of Highway Safety (OHS) is partnering with nearly 50 law enforcement agencies to keep impaired drivers off the road this holiday season. Dec. 17 through Jan. 1, OHS and officers across the state will participate in the National Highway Traffic Saf…

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According to the Boise Regional Realtors monthly report, November 2021 marked the seventh consecutive month of year-over-year gains in housing inventory. There were 84 homes available for purchase at the end of the month in Gem County, an increase of 147.1% compared to November 2020. Of the …

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The first sticking snow arrived in Gem County last week but left little to show for its efforts on the valley floors. Snow accumulations in some of the more mountainous terrain in the county exceeded a foot with more projected to be on its way in those areas.

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It has been nearly 18 years in the making, but Wednesday the House Judiciary Committee approved legislation to broaden compensation for people who suffered cancers and other diseases from nuclear testing fallout and uranium mining.

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BOISE — When Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin, who is running for governor, held an event to “encourage conservative Republican legislators” to sign a Trump-issued education pledge, and then proclaimed the event’s success in an official press release from her office, was that governing or campaigning?

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The common demand that “growth should pay for itself” may be starting to show up on the Gem County bottom line — the property tax rolls.

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This past autumn has been declared the rainiest on record in some parts of the Pacific Northwest. While southwestern Idaho and Gem County has received some much-needed fall precipitation, it certainly has not been in record-breaking amounts.

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“It’s been a long time coming,” said Emmett Mayor Gordon Petrie last Wednesday as he participated in a ribbon cutting to mark the official reopening of S. Johns Avenue in Emmett.

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Exactly where Gem County will be assigned in the pending legislative district realignments appears to be in the hands of the Idaho Supreme Court. To date two legal suits have been filed challenging the reapportionment plan adopted by the citizen redistricting commission on November 12. 

BOISE — The two legal challenges to Idaho’s new legislative redistricting plan that have been filed in the Idaho Supreme Court thus far both focus on the fact that the plan splits eight counties, arguing that that’s unconstitutional because it would be possible to split just seven.

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On Friday, U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland made a formal declaration that “squaw” is a derogatory term and she aims to remove it from all federal government use. That could very well include its use as the name of Gem County’s iconic Squaw Butte.

Lobbyists from various Idaho industries, especially those tied to natural resources, on Thursday revealed concerns with President Joe Biden’s proposals to tackle climate change. Those include reducing carbon emissions and conserving 30% of U.S. land and water resources, a noteworthy target i…

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While there are lots of little items to complete the work on S. Johns, the general traffic flow has been restored on the rebuilt roadway, including two roundabout features at the intersections at 4th and 12th. Messenger Index readers have asked us just what the proper etiquette is for drivin…

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The Idaho State Department of Education has awarded $119,303 in federal grant funding through its Child Nutrition Programs to help 16 Idaho schools purchase new equipment for their National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs, Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra announc…

October 2021 marked the sixth month of year-over-year increases in inventory for the county —leaving 99 homes for sale at the end of the month, 191.2% more than a year ago. Of the 99 homes, 56 were existing/resale homes, and the other 43 were new construction homes — the most we’ve seen in G…

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Ever wonder why Veterans Day is on the 11th and doesn’t change? The 11th is significant, as the end of World War I was the result of an armistice (an agreement to stop fighting) between Germany and the Allied forces that took effect on the western front of the war, on the 11th month, on the …

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The Gem County Mosquito Abatement District (GCMAD) Board of Trustees has announced the appointment of Cody Johns as the new Manager for the District. Johns holds two bachelor’s degrees from Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota. His first degree is in Environmental Science with…

On Monday, November 8, 2021, at approximately 7:20 a.m., the Idaho State Police investigated a two-vehicle fatality crash on State Highway 52 at Thornock Road, west of Emmett. A 50 year old male from Payette was travelling eastbound on State Highway 52 in a 1997 Chevrolet Tahoe. The Tahoe cr…

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If current models on the table hold up, Gem County could see a dramatic change in its representation in the Idaho Legislature. For several years Gem County has been entirely within Legislative District 8 which encompasses Valley, Boise, Custer and Lemhi counties as well. 

With any luck, the year 2022 will begin with the roll of a seven. The seventh Cherry Rise in downtown Emmett that is.

Canyon County and the city of Eagle have stepped forward to challenge Idaho’s new legislative redistricting plan, with Canyon County seeking to intervene in an already pending challenge from Ada County, and Eagle asking to file a brief backing that same challenge.

Since 1998 during the week of Christmas, the Messenger Index has printed “A Soldier’s Poem.” The poem was written by U.S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal James Schmidt in 1986.

While COVID pandemic restrictions ground most of the Treasure Valley Christmas events to a halt in 2020, many have returned this year. Gem County traditions were less disrupted last year and with a few exceptions, have returned to normal this year.

The current pool of willing and able potential employees for area employers to dip into appears to be getting shallower each day. After months of appealing for new employees, often significantly increasing starting wages, employers are now having to consider that the measures they have taken…

The Idaho Transportation Department’s Office of Highway Safety (OHS) is partnering with nearly 50 law enforcement agencies to keep impaired drivers off the road this holiday season. Dec. 17 through Jan. 1, OHS and officers across the state will participate in the National Highway Traffic Saf…

According to the Boise Regional Realtors monthly report, November 2021 marked the seventh consecutive month of year-over-year gains in housing inventory. There were 84 homes available for purchase at the end of the month in Gem County, an increase of 147.1% compared to November 2020. Of the …

The first sticking snow arrived in Gem County last week but left little to show for its efforts on the valley floors. Snow accumulations in some of the more mountainous terrain in the county exceeded a foot with more projected to be on its way in those areas.

Valor Health is one of five Idaho health care facilities to receive grants for the coming year to enhance overall health care opportunities in their communities.

It has been nearly 18 years in the making, but Wednesday the House Judiciary Committee approved legislation to broaden compensation for people who suffered cancers and other diseases from nuclear testing fallout and uranium mining.

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BOISE — When Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin, who is running for governor, held an event to “encourage conservative Republican legislators” to sign a Trump-issued education pledge, and then proclaimed the event’s success in an official press release from her office, was that governing or campaigning?

The common demand that “growth should pay for itself” may be starting to show up on the Gem County bottom line — the property tax rolls.

This past autumn has been declared the rainiest on record in some parts of the Pacific Northwest. While southwestern Idaho and Gem County has received some much-needed fall precipitation, it certainly has not been in record-breaking amounts.

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Valor Health is one of five Idaho health care facilities to receive grants for the coming year to enhance overall health care opportunities in their communities.

It has been nearly 18 years in the making, but Wednesday the House Judiciary Committee approved legislation to broaden compensation for people who suffered cancers and other diseases from nuclear testing fallout and uranium mining.

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BOISE — When Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin, who is running for governor, held an event to “encourage conservative Republican legislators” to sign a Trump-issued education pledge, and then proclaimed the event’s success in an official press release from her office, was that governing or campaigning?

The common demand that “growth should pay for itself” may be starting to show up on the Gem County bottom line — the property tax rolls.

This past autumn has been declared the rainiest on record in some parts of the Pacific Northwest. While southwestern Idaho and Gem County has received some much-needed fall precipitation, it certainly has not been in record-breaking amounts.

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BOISE — This week, Idaho businesses will receive notices of an unemployment insurance tax increase, but if Gov. Brad Little has his way, lawmakers will reverse that when they return to town in January for the legislative session.

Idaho State Highway 55 between Smiths Ferry and Round Valley Road will remain closed another 7-10 days, depending on weather. Construction crews made significant progress Sunday, November 29 shoring up the rockslide area near the Rainbow Bridge about 20 miles south of Cascade, Idaho.

“It’s been a long time coming,” said Emmett Mayor Gordon Petrie last Wednesday as he participated in a ribbon cutting to mark the official reopening of S. Johns Avenue in Emmett.

Exactly where Gem County will be assigned in the pending legislative district realignments appears to be in the hands of the Idaho Supreme Court. To date two legal suits have been filed challenging the reapportionment plan adopted by the citizen redistricting commission on November 12. 

BOISE — The two legal challenges to Idaho’s new legislative redistricting plan that have been filed in the Idaho Supreme Court thus far both focus on the fact that the plan splits eight counties, arguing that that’s unconstitutional because it would be possible to split just seven.

On Friday, U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland made a formal declaration that “squaw” is a derogatory term and she aims to remove it from all federal government use. That could very well include its use as the name of Gem County’s iconic Squaw Butte.

Lobbyists from various Idaho industries, especially those tied to natural resources, on Thursday revealed concerns with President Joe Biden’s proposals to tackle climate change. Those include reducing carbon emissions and conserving 30% of U.S. land and water resources, a noteworthy target i…

While there are lots of little items to complete the work on S. Johns, the general traffic flow has been restored on the rebuilt roadway, including two roundabout features at the intersections at 4th and 12th. Messenger Index readers have asked us just what the proper etiquette is for drivin…

The Idaho State Department of Education has awarded $119,303 in federal grant funding through its Child Nutrition Programs to help 16 Idaho schools purchase new equipment for their National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs, Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra announc…